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Resetting Flashcard Scheduling
Resetting Flashcard Scheduling

Sometimes you may need to start a flashcard's scheduling history over from the beginning.

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
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RemNote automatically schedules your flashcards for review on an optimal schedule to ensure you can easily remember them as long as you want. Sometimes you may need to start a flashcard over from the beginning of this sequence; here's how you can do that.

Is resetting scheduling the best option?

Resetting the schedule of a large number of flashcards is usually not the best option! There are certainly times where resetting the schedule makes sense, but it's worth taking a moment to make sure your situation is one of those before you move ahead.

Here are two common situations in particular where you probably shouldn't reset the schedule:

  • You're behind on your reviews. While resetting the schedule may be tempting in this case, it will ultimately cost you time; even if you've forgotten a significant number of the cards because you waited too long to review them, there will likely be many that you still remember, even if it's been months. Resetting the schedule forces you to relearn all of these cards from the beginning, and you'll be spending the next few weeks repeatedly practicing cards you already know.

    Instead: Read the alternatives to pausing the scheduler: you can reset your daily target to catch up a little bit per day, use stale card management to reintroduce cards you've forgotten slowly over time, and reprioritize material you don't care so much about anymore.

  • You have an exam on the topic and want to practice extra. RemNote can do a better job arranging extra practice, and it'll be easier too. Use the exam scheduler to create a personalized optimal schedule for that exam!

  • You want to practice some cards again for some other reason. First of all, understand that doing extra practice can actually worsen your memory by reducing the stability of your cards – be sure it makes sense to practice again first! If you do decide you want to practice again, resetting the schedule is simply unnecessary, and it will force you to practice those cards extra times later for no benefit.

    Instead: Open the document you'd like to do extra study on, then choose Flashcards > Practice all flashcards from the Document Menu. This will take you through all the cards in that document once. If you want to take a break in the middle, you can close out of the review screen as normal; when you come back and choose Practice all flashcards again, RemNote will resume where you left off.

    Note: Practice all flashcards updates each flashcard's scheduling history to account for the extra review, but it does so in a way that takes the fact that you're reviewing early into account. So if you review 20 times in a row, your cards will not be scheduled way out into the future.

Common reasons to reset scheduling history

There are several situations where it definitely does make sense to reset the flashcard schedule:

  • You've completely changed a flashcard. If you make major changes to the content of a card, the previous scheduling history may no longer give an accurate picture of how well you know the card. You can reset the card to start it over from the beginning.

  • Someone else previously studied the cards. This should rarely happen, because the “share” option in RemNote shares cards without scheduling history, but if you've imported content from someone else using import/export, and they've previously studied it, you may need to reset the history so you can start from the beginning.

How to reset scheduling history

Single Rem

To reset the schedule of the flashcards belonging to a single Rem, place your cursor on the Rem and type /reset, then select Reset Flashcards for Rem. Click OK or press Enter to confirm.

Multiple Rems

Resetting the schedule of flashcards belonging to a group of Rems works the same way as for a single Rem, except you highlight all of the Rems before typing /reset.

If you have a whole document or tree of Rems you'd like to reset, you can also put your cursor in the document title or highest Rem in the tree, then select “Reset Flashcards for Rem and All Descendants” from the omnibar (this will appear lower down the list if you type /reset).

Reset metadata entries

For the curious: When you reset the schedule of a Rem, a new Reset entry is made in its flashcards' scheduling history, which will cause all previous entries in the history to be ignored. The previous entries are retained for analytics purposes.

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